So you want to go on a low-carb diet, huh? There’s no shortage of options. In fact, many of the trendiest diets around (we’re looking at you, keto) are almost totally eliminating carbs in favor of getting your calories from protein and fat. We understand the allure of a diet that sacrifices pasta for a bunless bacon cheeseburger and endless guac, but are low-carb diets actually a good (or safe) idea?
A low-calorie, low-carb diet of non-starchy vegetables and whole grains does have its benefits—especially if you also cut out processed foods and simple sugars. “[These diets] can be very effective at controlling blood sugar and reducing blood pressure and cholesterol,” she explains. They may even help you lose weight. The only catch? “The fat in the diet just has to be ‘good’ fat, like polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat.”
And that leads us to our next point: The nature of any diet that restricts the consumption of one macronutrient (like carbs) is that you may end up overeating another. Most notably, dieters who go low-carb tend to eat more fat.